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Warmer temps arrive as bass opener nears PDF Print E-mail
By George Langley

Looks like we are finally getting a taste of summer this week in the North Woods with warmer temperatures and humid weather.

The warmer weather is just in time for the bass opener, as the season opens this Saturday, June 15. It has been a catch-and-release-only season to this point.

Warming water temperatures are improving the fishing dramatically over what we’ve seen so far this season. We have been getting some very good “mixed bag” action on area lakes and we look for this trend to continue over the next couple of weeks.

Muskie action is finally improving. These fish have recovered from the late spawn and have started to feed more actively over the last week. Small bucktails and surface baits are working well in shallow water.

Walleye action is improving. These fish can be found in the new green weed beds, around downed trees and brush piles in deeper water, and along steep drop-offs. Minnows are working very well, and leeches are starting to be the bait of choice on some lakes. Walleyes can be caught at any time of the day right now, you just have to find them. If there are clouds and wind, the walleye fishing can be fantastic right during the middle of the day.

Bass fishing has been very good as most of these fish are spawning and are easy targets. Please be very careful handling and releasing these fish so they can have a successful spawning season. Their spawning season is late this year, so some bass could still have eggs in them this weekend.

Panfish action has been very good. Crappies are getting harder to find consistently as they are mostly done spawning. Bluegills are starting to show up in the shallow water. Night crawlers and worms are the best bait to use for these fish. Perch are being caught in shallow water as well, especially in new weed growth. Fathead minnows have been the bait of choice for perch.

Late spring and early summer typically offers some of the best fishing of the year. Let’s hope that the warm weather is finally here to stay.

Good luck and good fishin’.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013 6:42 PM

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